In a national first, Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries and IT Services are collaborating on a four-part course to help academics, students and related staff work with Wikipedia. Oxford University staff and students will earn an ‘Open Knowledge Ambassador’ certificate for taking part in training workshops, spaced every two weeks through Hilary term, that help them support activities such as edit-a-thons. The programme is a part of Oxford’s annual #OxEngage programme in digital communication for researchers.
Although the course will be centred around Wikipedia, the title reflects that it is not about a web site, but about understanding and explaining the possibilities of freely reusable open knowledge. This is increasingly topical in academia as more research outputs become open access, more learners use open educational resources, and more cultural institutions share their digital media on open platforms such as Wikimedia Commons.
The course, hosted in the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Bodleian’s Weston Library, will be led by Dr Martin Poulter, the Bodleian Libraries’ Wikimedian In Residence. The workshops will be supplemented by an open online course. Although participants can only receive the Open Knowledge Ambassador certificate if they attend the workshops, everyone is welcome to explore the online materials made available.